Montero puts on a nice show for the crowd, but many of his decisions are extremely pragmatic and factual. He has set up a mining system to mine gold out of the California hills, in order to pay Santa Anna for his property. He has chosen people off the streets to mine it, who will not be missed – criminals, orphans, and suchlike. Those who can disappear and not cause questions. He organizes the other dons to help him finance this operation and arrange negotiations with the Mexican general, then reminds his captain that if anyone finds out about this, the man will “butcher” them. He also critizies the captain’s competency, when he fails to apprehend the “masked bandit” known as Zorro. Though he shows a callous disregard for human life, Montero also has a few inferior Fi “soft spots.” He has genuine remorse over the death of the woman he loved, despite her marriage to another man, and provides well for her daughter, loving and caring for her as if she is his own. He threatens her life to save his own in a bluff to Diego, but admits he would never hurt her. Montero makes a mistake in wanting his enemy to suffer rather than die, so that he can enjoy the thought of him languishing for decades in prison, aware that he has taken everything Diego once possessed. He invites the dons to partake of his “vision” for California, which includes the complex situation at the mines and its efficiency, his intended delivery of the gold to the Mexican army, and his total confidence that he can carry this off in an expedient timeline. He tends to weigh things very carefully and does not like to alter his plans – he becomes more reckless and adventurous whenever anything threatens them, relying on aggression and anger to fuel his decisions. Montero is able to adapt somewhat to the opportunities and risks in his environment, choosing to engage in a reckless swordfight to the death with Deigo, and threatening his child’s life to buy himself time, but cannot prevent his own demise.

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Montero is detached from his own feelings, driven, ambitious, arrogant, confident in his personal vision, able to convince others to support him in it, and image-focused; he is humiliated to find his daughter doing a sexually provocative dance with a Don, and apologizes “if her behavior offended you.” Others of wealth and privilege attract him and convince him that they are of a higher caliber and therefore worthy of respect and trust. His 2 wing can be manipulative. Montero almost passes for a Fe user, in how good he is at charming a crowd and selling them the false idea that “we” are in this together, “we” are going to build a new California, etc. He reminds the captain that “we” are in danger together. In so doing, he ensures his own survival and convinces other people he has their interests at heart much more than he does.